balenaEtcher Alternatives for Windows
Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
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- - Rufus is the most popular Windows alternative to balenaEtcher.
- - Rufus is the most popular Open Source & free alternative to balenaEtcher.
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Probably the best software to burn an OS image on a USB drive if you're using Windows.2
I am convinced BalenaEtcher is recommended by people who have never used it. I have never even witnessed it successfully complete a write. Rufus has always worked.-1Guest
It works best and has features needed most.0
Flashes quickly and works flawlessly almost every time.0
The thing I love from Rufus is the possibility to customize the platform target i.e BIOS O UEFI, so this let me use and EFI Image for BIOS Based computer. a good example of this is using Windows 10, by default is UEFI based computers, but Rufus can convert the image file to hybrid, so you can install windows 10 on both BIOS and on UEFI based pcs with the same stick. Rufus also can be used to write linux distros to USB sticks. It is the best option we can find on Windows.2Show more comments ▾5 of 10 comments
Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO files. With ventoy, you don't need to format the disk again and again, you just need to copy the iso file to the USB drive and boot it.
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- - Ventoy is the most popular Linux alternative to balenaEtcher.
Comments about Ventoy as a Alternative to balenaEtcherAlmost everyone thinks Ventoy is a great balenaEtcher alternative.
balenaEtcher had some privacy issue in the past. Ventoy doesn't "phone home". Why an USB image creator needs to send some data out anyway?4
Ventoy is a great tool. I had used YUMI extensively before Ventoy came out. What is great about Ventoy is the cross-platform support and the fact that your ISO image stay intact on your USB stick. Being able to have a large 256GB USB stick with Ventoy on it also gives it an edge against tools like Balena Etcher (one image per USB) or Rufus (ISO images are not intact).
As a bonus, Ventoy can create USB sticks that will work with BOTH UEFI and BIOS.2Guest
Ventoy only needs a one time setup and all bootable ISOs are just placed in your USB drive. Also your USB drive keeps being a storage device when you're in your OS0Guest
Everyone who wants to try linux from windows. Ventoy is the best option. Why? Because Ventoy will let you put two iso on the drive. No Burning or wiping out entire disk. Only direct iso copy and paste. If you want to try linux, simply put linux iso and for safe back to windows put a windows 10 iso.2Guest
Everything balenaEtcher can do Ventoy can do better and more. Plus they 'ignore' Mac, haha.1
UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive. It loads distributions either by downloading listed Linux and BSD like distributions, a variety of system utilities and rescue disks ISO...
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- - UNetbootin is the most popular Mac alternative to balenaEtcher.
- PortableUNetbootin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
- Ad-freeUNetbootin doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
- LightweightUNetbootin consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
- Privacy focusedUNetbootin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
Comments about UNetbootin as a Alternative to balenaEtcherMost users think UNetbootin is a great balenaEtcher alternative.Guest
I cannot choose Winshit 101Guest
It doesn't appear to just write images to disk0
YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot Bootable USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.Suggest and vote on features
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A utility that can write a raw backup image of your hard drive to a removable device or vice versa.Suggest and vote on features
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A lot smaller and more native to the Windows platform than Etcher1Guest
Win32 Disk Imager, despite its name, does not "create" disk images: it only writes/mounts pre-existing .img files to flash storage.-4
Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click...Suggest and vote on features
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MultiBootUSB is a software to create multi boot live Linux on a removable media i.e USB disk. It is similar to UNetbootin but many distros can be installed, provided you have enough space on the disk.Suggest and vote on features
The project seems no longer developed and the official website is no longer available. Last version, 9.2.0, released in April 2018, can be still downloaded from GitHub.
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LiLi USB Creator is a free software for Windows that allows you to create a bootable Live USB key with a Linux on it.Suggest and vote on features
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The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 2.9.4, released in September 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website. The project has officially been abandonned on December, 22nd 2020 (announcement on their blog).
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